Benihana - Newport Beach, CA

4.4
3137 reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Welcome to Benihana in Newport Beach, California, where you’ll find a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal hibachi grill tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi and sashimi chef and indulge in our famous, award-winning signature hot sake or a specialty cocktail.

Benihana Newport Beach is located near John Wayne Airport, in the heart of Orange County’s thriving business center and near South Coast Plaza, the area’s premier shopping destination. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday with great specials on sake, beer, wine, specialty cocktails and a selection of appetizers and specialty rolls.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3137 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Bad service. Waiter was very rude. Manager was clueless on what to do. Will never go back again.

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KimoT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

In a nutshell, our waiter Felipe was asked to split our bill in 2 for our party of 4. He had a bad attitude about it but agreed to do so, when he brought the bill it arrived (not split) in a leather sleeve with a paper taped to it that said "KAREN", no one else in the restaurant had a name taped to their bill sleeve. The waiter left us sitting for over 30 minutes to correct the checks, and the manager tried to rectify the situation by offering me a $20 gift card for a future visit. No thank you after decades of Benihana trips and 100's of dinners there. My family and I will not be back after being disrespected and insulted. I will not be the subject of their sick inside joke.

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JasonR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and great food! Perfect for Birthdays, reservations are preferred here.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Last minute change to this restaurant due our first choice was closed. Over all not bad. Chicken was little dry. On the pricey side but we pretty much knew that going in. Would go again sometime.

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johnh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we take advantage of The Birthday Club! It is a great deal to take a family member to celebrate. Great experience!

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Grammie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Nice ambience. Value. Pleasant. Wide choices.

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FranshondaA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my nephew the Wei was kind of long due to them only having 4 chefs. Due to them being short staffed we were patient overall customer service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

This Benihana is usually a good place to eat. But this trip we had to wait until 3:30 to be seated for our 3:00 reservation.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback! Come back soon!

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NKayy
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I usually travel to this location because the cooks are better than other locations. I made a reservation towards the end of the night. I'm guessing this was a bad idea since the cooks are burned out after 8pm and didn't really interact with the tables. The service was also pretty slow. We waiting an hour at our table before the cook even showed up. I most likey won't be coming back.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear NKayy On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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kellyh
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my daughter. Food was amazing as usual!

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 3 days ago

Dear kellyh Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Showed up on time for our 745 reservation and were quickly seated. At 825, they brought water and drinks to our table. I don’t mean to complain, but when you go out on a special occasion and pay top dollar, I’d hope to have decent service.
As usual, the food was good and that’s why I come back. But overall, the service was abysmal.
When it was time to go, I had to get up and find someone to finally take my credit card so we could leave. Seems like this restaurant just goes through the motions and doesn’t really care about the customer experience.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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vipLOVETOEATOUT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks for great service and food..lobster,shrimp,sushi..and Tam for skills at the table…and I believe Julian for great service👍🏻😉🤩

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 3 days ago

Dear LOVETOEATOUT Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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CL11
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food was good, our waitress was friendly, and the performance was good.
I think 8 people is max for a Hibachi grill table, but 9 people were sat. It was very uncomfortable, not enough room to put all dishes. Everyone at the table was cramped. We were group of 7, but a party of 2 people were assigned the same table. We are still in a pandemic. I think we were supposed to be assigned less people in the same table if all of them are not from same family.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear CL11 On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The sitting area and the grill were dirty. There was oil on the chair I was about to sit down. Roberto our chef, notice the grill was dirty and did some extra cleaning before making our food which I appreciate.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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DonaldR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early due to amenable traffic conditions and were promptly seated. The waiter was outstanding and the chef both a good cook and a humorous gregarious individual.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 3 days ago

Dear DonaldR We appreciate you dining with Benihana, thank you for the kind words!

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SoniaG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Even though we had a reservation and we received a text message letting us know our table was ready, when we got there (on time), we still had to wait for 40 minutes before we were seated. The restaurant was not clean - the table appeared less clean than normal, the floors were messy, and the restrooms were disgusting. They were clearly short-staffed but we would still expect more of our Benihana in Newport Beach. Having said that, the food was great and so was our chef. We had a great time but we are used to a much cleaner and nicer environment at our local Newport Beach Benihana.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 6 days ago

Dear SoniaG On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Was nervous to celebrate my gf’s bday here after I read a few recent reviews, however our experience was great. Service was great, food was also good. Will definitely be back!

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Guest We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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vipBacall
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Similar to other recent reviews we had a 7pm reservation and didn’t get a Chef until almost 9. Although a lot of apologies for the wait and inability to provide any of the wines on the wine list when we did get the chef he was entertaining and the meal very good. I assume another COVID establishment that is short on help. I definitely get that but they should take reservations commiserate with the amount of help.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 24 November 2021

Dear Bacall On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Though we had a 6:30 reservation, chef was still cooking at 8:00 There was a too long of wait from time being seated till the chef started cooking. Chef had to go back to kitchen twice because cart was not stocked sufficiently. Wife had the filet mignon medium rare and chef over cooked. No follow up on drinks during eating. We didn't leave till after 9:00 and had to cancel other plans. Though the quality of food was good, too many negatives which is why we won't be patronizing until your establishment is properly staffed.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 24 November 2021

Dear MarkN on behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. If you have not done so already, please contact us via the Contact Us page on our website. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and welcome you to ‘Copy/Paste’ your review in order to save time. We look forward to following up with you.

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evelynr
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Took us 45+ to get our chef and that’s only because I asked if they knew how much longer. Our server kept disappearing and wasn’t attentive with our refills.
The food was delicious and our chef was good as well.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 24 November 2021

Dear evelynr On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we sincerely apologize for your experience and understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so that we can further address this matter. 

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OscarQ
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Cook did not serve the portions evenly and appetizers came out really late..

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 24 November 2021

Dear OscarQ On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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TomS
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos our chef was wonderful… great job…

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 5 days ago

Dear TomS Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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DATRSM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every category! Chef hands down was so skilled he spun the egg around on the grill then tossed it in the air several times catching it each time with his spatula. It was nerve racking but we thoroughly enjoyed the show and tipped Chef $20. Server was so accommodating and provided over the top service, we also tipped him $20. You cannot find this level of experience any where else for $33 for the entree. The only thing was I kept bumping my elbow to the guy sitting next to me because space is pretty limited so naturally, that’s going to happen whether you like it or not.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded 4 days ago

Dear DATRSM Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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SamuelB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Too long to make food and be seated.
Would only come with a family of 10 to not feel uncomfortable sitting next to random people who scream.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear SamuelB On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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Wido
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was horrible, the chef was in a hurry. The food had so much butter and was burned. The onion soup tasted very bad and had no onions, just black broth 🤮

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear Wido We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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SusanG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was my son's 40th birthday and they didn't take our picture the first time in many years this didn't happen.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear SusanG Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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JAIMEC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice and respectful cook make dinner perfect

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear JAIMEC Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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vipCathlyn
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Manager was incredibly unaccommodating and inflexible. Down right rude. Being in a restaurant, service oriented profession you would hope they would try to accommodate their guests. That was not the case with Sunny (that’s the name he goes by).

Also, we went to Benihana bc we like the entertainment of the chef. Sadly our chef was a bore. He didn’t talk much or do much shows to entertain us. Our daughter along with rest of us was extremely disappointed.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear Cathlyn On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us. With your feedback, we look forward to improving the guest experience and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website

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HappyBrian
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I dined at Chef's Table for late lunch to celebrate for my B.day with my friend. Obviously they didn't seem to have enough staff to manage all customers unlike before pandemic happened. One hard worker waiter was managing almost all tables by himself and he was amazing...but we had to wait at most of time. The 'chef' finally showed up one hour later than our reservation time, and he didn't seem to be capable of performing Benihana Chef's entertainment sufficiently, so those realities told us there was lack of workers. We saw a real Benihana Chef at a different table around the time when we were leaving after 3pm, so perhaps dining at evening may be better to experience a full Benihana Chef's Table rather than lunch time. But it didn't used to be like that before, so it was disappointing! However, the chef cooked well and very nice, and we all enjoyed the foods...but just took forever. Because the waiter was too busy as taking care of all tables by himself, he forgot to bring bowls for fried rice for a long time, as well as B.day dessert, and he didn't even offer to take our B.day photo...but we understood he was working very hard, so it wasn't his fault!!

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear HappyBrian On behalf of our team here at Benihana we would like to sincerely apologize for the negative experience you encountered, especially while celebrating a special occasion. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website so we can properly address your concerns.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food, great service.

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KarlaL
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sad but this place has good downhill tremendously. Service was bad, used plates were never picked up from our table and it took over an hour for the cook to arrive. Will not be back

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 17 November 2021

Dear KarlaL Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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FranshondaA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please request the cook Aurelio he was amazing. Food was cooked to perfection he was professional and friendly

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 18 November 2021

Dear FranshondaA Your feedback is appreciated. We will be sure to share your kind words with the team.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about it

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear Guest We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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Unhappydiner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It wasn't very busy and the service was RUSHED and SLOW. They sat us for our reservation, then came back and took a drink order, disappeared for 15 minutes and then came back to take our order, no drinks delivered yet. Took appetizer order and left. Came back 5 minutes later and took dinner order. Chef came out and was very middle of the road to say the least. They served the soup and salad at the same time which there is not room for to start with. Dinner was cooked and served on the plates before the appetizers even came. It was literally one of the worst Beni Hana experiences we have had as a family and it was my wife's birthday to boot.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear Unhappydiner We apologize for your recent visit. To better assist you, please contact our team via the Contact Us page on our website.

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NoellaL
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Chef were great! Brought our family here many times and not disappointed in the quality of food and entertainment. They accommodated us with 9 people as others do not but they’re 2 toddlers. It was a very enjoyable dinner and waitress was good but she was really busy and did a good job. Always will return as love the food.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 17 November 2021

Dear NoellaL We are happy you enjoyed the Benihana experience! Come back soon!

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YendrieC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Benihana great vibes!!!

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 17 November 2021

Dear YendrieC We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dining experience!

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NatashaK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family’s lunch

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear NatashaK Our goal is to create great guest memories. We are pleased to hear we were able to do so for you and your family. 

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the best birthday experience at BENIHANA. We have been going for more than 30 years and are never disappointed. Thank you for your outstanding service and quality of food!

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 17 November 2021

Dear Guest On behalf of our team here at Benihana, we would like to thank you for your continuous loyalty!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was plan for my birthday dinner with other 3 friend
Restaurant was fully booked but I call in and they said we can walk in and waiting list . We show up at 6:30 pm and front dest tell me about 30- 40 minutes wait - we are agreed and wait but then to 7:45 pm , look like everyone been seated but not group of us .
I am confused and asking front dest again , this time is a men - he look like manager there and not event said sorry to me .
All he said is : you have to wait . I’m not agree with that voice to customer. Specially he is manager of the restaurant .
Hope this comment will help change these customers services

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 10 November 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your review. We understand your concern. If you would like to get in touch with our team, please do so via the Contact Us page on our website. Your feedback helps us to make improvements, and we’re hopeful that you will provide us with an opportunity to serve you again. Arigato.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was disappointed with your vendor that handles the birthday certificates under the Chef’s Table. My family went to celebrate my son’s 15th birthday only to find out that he would not get his certificate this Wednesday because his birthday is this Friday. This is what that was explained to me.
Very lame rule and disappointing when I bought 4 dinners and attend Benihana at least four times a year.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA
Responded on 12 November 2021

Dear Guest Thank you for celebrating your special occasion with the Benihana team!

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You can order delivery directly from Benihana - Newport Beach, CA using the Order Online button. Benihana - Newport Beach, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Benihana - Newport Beach, CA also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 955-0822.

Benihana - Newport Beach, CA is rated 4.4 stars by 3137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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